The Scientific Committee


Professor John Crown, professor and consultant medical oncologist at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin


In November 2003, he was awarded the Thomas Baldwin Research Chair in Translational Cancer Research from Dublin City University and in December 2004 was awarded the Newman Clinical Research Professorship in the School of Medicine at University College Dublin.

He received his medical training at University College Dublin and the State University of New York, and undertook his postdoctoral training on both sides of the Atlantic. He went on to complete his fellowship training in oncology at Mount Sinai Medical Centre and in haematology/oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre before joining St. Vincent’s University Hospital in 1993.

Professor Crown is a founding member and leader of many organisations, including: the All-Ireland Cooperative Oncology Research Group (ICORG), the Anglo-Celtic Oncology Group, the European Breast Cancer Dose Intensity Study, and the Irish Society of Medical Oncology.  His other memberships include ASCO, AACR, and ESMO.  Professor Crown also founded the Clinical Trials Unit at St. Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH) which has developed an international leadership role in oncology trials.

In June 2009, Professor Crown was awarded €5.6 million funding from Government, through Science Foundation Ireland, for the establishment of a new Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) entitled Molecular Therapeutics for Cancer Ireland   (MTCI, MTCI is a multi-institutional, translationally-focused, laboratory based, cancer research group which has an organic linkage with ICORG and aims to develop a fully-integrated national translational cancer research programme that will significantly benefit cancer patients in Ireland.

In April 2011, Professor Crown was successfully elected as an Independent member to Seanad Éireann and is also a frequent contributor to the lay press, and professional meetings, on the subject of health policy.

Dr. Paul Donnellan, Consultant Medical Oncologist, University Hospital Galway


Dr. Paul Donnellan is consultant medical oncologist at Galway University Hospital, Mayo General Hospital and the Galway Clinic. He is also honorary lecturer in medical oncology at NUI, Galway. He is an active member of the Irish Clinical Oncology Research Group (ICORG).

Paul initially graduated with an MSc in the field of leukaemia research prior to studying Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, where he graduated with honours in 1993.

After his early training in medicine and medical oncology at St. James’s and St. Vincent’s Hospitals, Dublin, he conducted laboratory-based research at University College Dublin into oncogenic viruses in multiple-transfused patients.

He then went to complete his oncology training in the UK; initially at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh and then on the Specialist Registrar training programme at St. George’s, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospitals London. During his training he published many papers and abstracts on diverse topics including breast cancer, lung cancer, gastric cancer, ethics, and oncogenic viruses.

In 2001 Paul took up a post as Consultant Medical Oncologist in Sligo General Hospital Ireland, where he developed a new medical oncology unit, and also established ‘SHOUT’, a registered cancer charity.

In 2005 he was appointed to his current post at GUH where he has established research interests in Melanoma, Lung Cancer, and Genito-Urinary malignancies.

Dr. David-Gallagher

Dr. David Gallagher, Consultant Medical Oncologist/Medical Geneticist, St. James Hospital, Dublin


Dr. David Gallagher is a consultant medical oncologist and consultant medical geneticist who works at the Mater Private Hospital, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St. James’s Hospital and The National Centre for Medical Genetics in Dublin. Dr. Gallagher graduated from University College Dublin Medical School, and trained on the Irish specialist registrar scheme in medical oncology. He thereafter uniquely completed training in both medical oncology and medical genetics between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and New York Presbyterian Cornell University Hospital in New York. Dr. Gallagher worked in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for four years before returning to Ireland in 2010. He remains actively involved in cancer research and has retained a number of research collaborations with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in addition to establishing new collaborations with colleagues in Dublin. Dr. Gallagher is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and an active member of the Irish Clinical Oncology Research Group.

Mr. Padraic Regan

Mr. Padraic Regan, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Galway University Hospital & National University Galway,  Ireland


NUIG Graduate 1981
Registrar Plastic Surgery Stoke Mandeville Hospital Aylesbury UK
Senior Registrar Derriford Hospital Plymouth UK and Oxford
Consultant Plastic Surgeon Stoke Mandeville Hospital 1993-1997
Consultant Plastic Surgeon Galway University Hospital 1997 – present

Dr. Derek G Power, BSc(PHARM), MB, MRCPI, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Mercy/Cork University Hospitals


Derek Power graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1994 with an honours degree in Pharmacy. He then graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2001 with an honours medical degree. After his general medical training and 2 years of specialist training in medical oncology he won a bursary from the Irish Society of Medical Oncology and embarked on a Solid Tumour fellowship in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York 2007-2009. He then did a Cancer Genetics fellowship in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre 2009-2010. He was appointed as a Consultant Medical Oncologist in The Mercy and Cork University Hospitals – July 2010. Interests include melanoma, gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancers as well as familial cancer genetics. Dr Power has published original papers in the use of novel compounds in upper gastrointestinal cancer as well as reviews and book chapters in GI cancers. He has given oral presentations at the ASCO and ESMO meeting and is a member of national and international cancer organisations. As a member of ICORG he has been an investigator on BRAF and MEK inhibitor trials in advanced melanoma.

Professor H Paul redmond

Professor Paul Redmond, Consultant Surgeon, Cork University Hospital


Professor Paul Redmond is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Cork University Hospital. His special interest is in Breast and Endocrine disease for which he serves as Lead Clinician.
Professor H. Paul Redmond graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1983. After undertaking a BSc (1st Class Honours) in Anatomy he completed his surgical training in Dublin. He spent 2 years working as a Surgical Oncology Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. On the basis of this work he was awarded an MCh degree by the NUI.
Professor Redmond returned to Ireland in 1991 and established a research laboratory at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. He spent a further 3 years working as a Senior Surgical Registrar before being appointed Senior Lecturer in Surgery in Beaumont Hospital and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1995. He was subsequently appointed as Head of the Department of Surgery, Cork University Hospital / University College Cork, Ireland in September 1997.
Professor Redmond has served on numerous national and international bodies including acting as Director of the Scientific Committee for the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Membership Director for the Society of Academic and Research Surgery. He is currently a Council Member of Chair of the Scientific Guidelines Committee for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Director of Cancer Services for the Health Service Executive – Southern Region and was Chair of the Irish National Cancer Forum from 2003 – 2006.
Professor Redmond has authored / co-authored over 200 research publications, book chapters and books.

Dr. Pat Ormond

Dr. Pat Ormond, Consultant Dermatologist, Dermatological and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin


Dr. Patrick Ormond is consultant Dermatologist, Dermatological and Mohs Micrographic Surgeon in St James Hospital and the Hermitage Medical Clinic in Dublin. He is honorary lecturer in medicine in Trinity College, Dublin, and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Patrick studied Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, and after training in General medicine and Genito-urinary medicine, began his specialist training in Dermatology. He was one of the first Dermatology specialist registrars in Ireland. This was followed by a fellowship in Dermatology surgery and Mohs micrographic surgery in the Royal Victoria Newcastle upon Tyne, followed by a senior fellowship In the University of Wales, both institutions being leading skin cancer centers in the U.K. He was appointed Consultant Mohs micrographic surgeon to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, and honorary lecturer in Dermatology in the University of Newcastle.
In 2006 he took up his current position as Consultant Dermatologist in St James Hospital, where he set up the Mohs micrographic surgery unit, which treats patients with high risk skin cancer from all over Ireland. His research interests are in malignant melanoma and advanced basal cell carcinoma.
He is the chairman of the Skin cancer Expert group for the National Cancer Control Programme. He is a director of the charity “ The Irish Skin Foundation” which is to be launched in 2013, and a board member of the City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Charity, which is involved in the setting up of the Charles Institute for Dermatology research in UCD.